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Garrapata State Park

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(831) 624-4909

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Driving Directions to Garrapata SP

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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NEW - Notice Regarding the Closed Soberanes Creek Trail

California State Parks Monterey District Trail Crew and American Conservation Experience (ACE) will be working on the Soberanes Creek Trail starting February 14, 2018 with an estimated completion date in April 2018.  The goal will be to re-open the Soberanes Creek Trail once repairs are made from the Soberanes Fire and 2017 winter storms.  

Current Conditions for All Big Sur Area Parks

 ANDREW MOLERA State Park is open. The seasonal footbridge crossing the Big Sur River has been removed. Hikers must wade across the river to access these open trails: Creamery Meadow Trail, Ridge Trail, Bluffs Trail, Panorama Trail, Spring Trail. Open trails that do not require a river crossing include: River Trail, Bobcat Trail, Twin Cottonwoods Trail, Coyote Flat and Cooper Loop Trail. East Molera Trail is closed until further notice. The campground is closed until further notice.

JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS State Park is open for limited day use. Trails on the west side of Highway 1 are open. This includes the Overlook Trail and Partington Cove Trail. Trails on the east side of Highway 1 are closed. Ewoldsen, Canyon, Tanbark, Waters and the Tinhouse Fire Road Trails are closed. The campground is closed.

GARRAPATA State Park is open on the west side of Highway 1. All park lands east of Highway 1 are closed to public entry, due to the 2016 Soberanes Fire.

Limekiln State Park is open

PFEIFFER BIG SUR State Park is open. Trails that are open to the public include: Buzzard's Roost, Valley View, Liewald Flats, Redwood Deck, Nature Trail, River Path and Warden’s Path.  Trails that are closed due to hazardous conditions include Pfeiffer Falls, Pine Ridge, Gorge and Mt. Manuel trails. ** ALERT: Due to the possibility of extreme winter weather, campsites at Pfeiffer Big Sur will be first-come first-serve only from December 1, 2017 until April 21, 2018 as conditions allow. Reservations during this time will not be possible. Group Camp is closed and not available for reservation until further noticeFollow on Facebook for more up-to-date information.  BIG SUR LODGE is open.

POINT SUR Light Station is open for guided tours. More info: or (831) 625-4419

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is open but may close during storms and high surf events. More information: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve or Point Lobos Foundation.


The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.

More Information

Brochure with Park & Trail Map


Dogs are only allowed on Garrapata Beach and must be kept on a leash (6-foot maximum length) at all times.  Observe all posted park signs.  

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Available Activities and Facilities at Garrapata State Park

Hiking Trails
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs